Last February, Wisconsin Rapids mayor Zach Vruwink posted a picture of his ballot in the primary for his re-election, an act that is considered a crime. But prosecutors did not charge him with a crime nor find enough merit to bring the case to trial because they found no criminal intent in his actions.

According to the state of Wisconsin (939.23), when criminal intent is part of a crime’s equation, the paperwork will contain some or a combination of the following terminology:

  • “Know” or “believe”
  • “Intentionally”
  • “With intent to/that”

If the word “know” is used, this means the individual believed the specified fact existed. Where “intention” or “intent” are discussed, the individual either intended to commit an act or cause a certain result with purpose. Or, he or she was aware that those actions would cause the result. It also could mean the individual was aware of what specifically would make his or her actions criminal.

The element of intention carries serious weight in a case, but a veteran Wisconsin criminal defense lawyer can examine your situation from every angle to protect your rights and your future.

The attorneys of Huppertz & Powers, S.C. have many years of experience in dealing with intent in Wisconsin criminal cases. Contact us now at 262-549-5979 to discuss your case — the first meeting is on us. You can also fill out our criminal defense intake form for a prompt response.

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